“People who laugh more live longer. So laugh,” is one of the oldest phrases out there.
Of course, having a healthy diet and exercising is vital if you want to live longer. But laughing is not only just as good for your health, it feels great. It can turn a bad day into a great one in a matter of seconds – something eating grass and having sore legs can’t provide.
At least that’s my honest opinion. There is also research that shows that people who laugh a lot – especially for things that “we should not joke about” – are smarter than others, Powerful Mind reports.
Are you, like me, a person who has a hard time containing your laugh when you hear an unexpected joke with some dark humor mix in the punchline? Is a little bit of “taboo” what tickles your funny bone?
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Congratulations are in place then – preferring dark jokes over innocent ones is a sign of high intelligence. Dark humor means: “A form of humor involving a twist or ending making the joke seen as offensive, harsh, horrid. Yet the joke is still funny,” according to Urban Dictionary.
In an Austrian study involving 156 people, researchers presented various pictures and jokes containing “dark humor” to the participants. Subsequently, an intelligence test followed.
The study arranged the participants in 3 different groups.
The first comprised people who thought dark humor was kind-of-funny – and their result on the intelligence test was average.
The second group consisted of people who didn’t find dark humor funny – and their intelligence score was at the lower-level.
Do you like dark humor? Congratulations!
The third group consisted of people who thought dark humor was hilarious – and these participants also turned out to have the highest average score on the intelligence test. They also seemed to have a higher education.
According to the researchers behind the study, we can assume that smarter people appreciate darker humor more because they simply understand the context a little faster.
It’s about how the brain can process and consider something funny from an unexpected situation that we wouldn’t normally perceive as humorous. Our level of intelligence – directly affects our speed of understanding.
So do you love jokes? Even if there is a bit of dark humor involved? Congratulations then – a clear sign that you are a smart individual!
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